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2015 Toyota Avalon Gains 2500-Car Touring Sport Edition

The Toyota Avalon has been on sale in the U.S. since 1994, so the automaker will celebrate the luxury sedan's two-decade run with a Touring Sport Edition trim for the 2015 model year. In addition, all versions of the 2015 Toyota Avalon receive some equipment changes, and thus see their sticker prices increase compared to 2014 levels.

The 2015 Toyota Avalon XLE Touring Sport Edition builds on the standard XLE Touring model with Attitude Black paint, 18-inch black wheels, HID headlights with LED running lights, dark-blue stitched upholstery, dark-blue interior trim, aluminum door-sill plates, and various Touring Sport Edition badges. Only 2500 units will be built from now through March 2015, for $37,995 with destination.

Changes for the rest of the 2015 Toyota Avalon lineup are minimal. All models receive an update version of Toyota's Entune infotainment system, paddle shifters become standard on all non-hybrid models, and the XLE Touring and Hybrid XLE Touring add a blind-spot monitor and rear cross-traffic alert as standard.

Prices increase slightly so that the 2015 Toyota Avalon XLE now starts at $33,110, the XLE Premium costs $34,965, the Limited is $40,805, and the XLE Touring is $36,905. All non-hybrid Avalons use a 268-hp, 3.5-liter V-6 engine and a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2015 Toyota Avalon Hybrid, meanwhile, combines a 156-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four engine with a 105-kW electric motor for a total of 200 hp and fuel economy ratings of 40/39 mpg (city/highway). Prices rise to $37,295 for the Hybrid XLE Premium, $38,625 for the Hybrid XLE Touring, and $42,525 for the Hybrid Limited.

The 2015 Toyota Avalon is on sale now.

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